Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Margaret and I just came into the house from seeing the movie The Great Gatsby.  The F. Scott Fitzgerald story was made into an earlier movie, maybe fifty years ago, and this one was made in 2013 with Leonardo de Caprio as Gatsby.  I recommend it now with at least as much enthusiasm as when I recommended the novel to students in my senior English classes.  We saw it today in the Paradise Village theatre, and I sat wondering how all those (we) older people managed all that sex in a story.  I wonder how my students managed it.  Now I'm going to have to reread the novel to see if it is really as erotic as the movie made four years ago makes it.

I had set out the photo of dried grass to use as my photograph for today, and then I found another photograph that I think serves perfectly with the grass and the movie.  It is Christian Rohfls' nude.  I took this photograph last Friday when Margaret and I were on a docent tour of the museum.  I'm not going to try to explain why I think these two photographs go together with Fitzgerald's story.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I walked around Paradise Village today... after hearing about cold weather in other parts of the United States, and after a coolish start this morning, the temperature nudged up to 80 degrees this afternoon. The plants were happy... and I was happy.

I've been trying to think of something I can write about the sexual assault situation in our culture.  I can't get my mind around the situation.  First I can't figure out how someone can actually enjoy any experience that is forced, that is not wanted.  I'm not ready to write about what I think, perhaps because I don't know what I think.  I'll give it some more thought and see if I can get my thoughts down on this BLOG.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The sunset today may look like the one yesterday, but it isn't.  Today the colors are the same as yesterday and the clouds seem the same but they are not.  To look out the window toward the sea and see the sunset gloriously stretching across the sky above the water is an experience just for today.  I remember yesterday, but today is new and different.

In Balboa Park near a parking lot near the Plaza de Panama there are three trees growing close together that have been molested by dozens of people.  Names and slogans have been carved into the bark of the trees, and they stand as a display of man's stupidity and complete lack of appreciation for the beauty of nature.  I have given up making sense of the graphics on the trees.  It makes no sense.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Thanksgiving Altar  is a reminder that the earth is full of things for which we can be grateful.  I stopped in to take the pictures of the altar with my phone and the sun was blazing outside, so it was difficult to adjust the image to get the details that reminded me of all the good things that surround me.  I was reminded of the sunset I could see outside our living room window just last night.  The natural world is full of beauty... changing constantly.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My garden is growing... six cabbages and five tomato plants.  I'll harvest the cabbages when they are ready, but the tomatoes may not make it... even in National City's mild climate.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

This morning we sat in the monthly lecture at the San Diego Museum of Art before we went on a docent tour of the sculpture garden led by Jim Helms.  Jim is a sculptor so he was the perfect person to lead the tour.  The lecture was mostly about Henry Moore, so we went out into the sculpture garden to take a close look at the Moore sculpture there.  Among several other important sculptures we saw works by Barbara Hepworth, George Rickey, and David Smith.  The museum is a jewel in San Diego's Balboa Park.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This is the agave season... actually in San Diego this plant thrives all year round.  I think there is no special season for it.  I have to go to the computer to add the color in the second image and make it interesting for use in my BLOG.  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This was a good day... and the images are typical of good days.  I don't know the name of this flower but I always notice when it blooms.  It is the flower of a succulent.  The other images are selfies/shadows.  As the sun was setting today and I was sitting at my computer, I looked at the closet door and saw myself... and snapped the picture with my iPhone.  I found another shadow/selfie from a couple of days ago, so I included it today as well.  The sunset was spectacular... and the orange rectangle is appropriate for today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My computer is not functioning properly, so I'm trying to get the BLOG set again...  These are images from our living room.  All of them are Chinese porcelain pieces.  We'll see if they post.

Monday, November 13, 2017

On a special occasion, Daughter Nancy sent to me a tray if goodies...  I think it was my birthday at least a year ago.  Anyway the nuts came in a fancy container which I tore away from the goodies, and we made short work of them.  They were gone in a short time.  I took a picture before we began to eat them, and I came across the picture this afternoon when I was wondering what I would use for my picture for the day.  The nuts are appropriate.  It must have been my birthday... thoughtful daughter.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Paradise Village is a place where almost every wall is covered with a mural or is adorned with another fine work of visual.  When I go over to Parkview to check on my friend Jim in the morning, I always stop for a look at one of my favorite murals.  The artist has taken liberties, which artists often do, with the scene.  There is in reality a road/walk way between the pool and the buildings and corridor.

I never get tired of looking closely at the Bird of Paradise flowers.  They are at peak blooming time now.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

This is Daisy.  A true friend.  One who doesn't forget.  She always remembers to show enthusiasm for someone she likes.  She hangs out with Ed Griffiths, but we won't hold that against her... As a matter of fact, perhaps being with Ed is how she learned to value friends. Naaah...Camelia wouldn't fit this friend as well as Daisy does.  Daisy is the perfect name for her.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Christmas Cactus is a gift of Elaine Gasser Lanoiselee... It is doing well in Paradise Village.  The botanical name of the Christmas Cactus is Schlumbergera.  According to Wikipedia it is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. This one is found on the balcony of our apartment in National City.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

On a walk through Old Town I came across this cactus, all by itself, not getting any attention from the crowds milling in the shops and wandering around the tourist attractions, and I thought how beautiful it is, how striking it is, and nobody seems to notice.  I've been in Old Town a couple of times recently, after not having been there at all for several years, I don't remember seeing the cactus on other walks through the park, but I will definitely go by to check on it when I come to Old Town again. With this image before me, the cactus seems even more important than it seemed when I first saw it.  I won't be able to get the picture of it out of my mind even when I close the computer page.

A couple of months ago, a new fountain was installed in a shadowed area at Paradise Village.  I used my mobile phone to make the picture, and I left it on my desktop since I downloaded it the same day I snapped it.  Like the picture of the cactus, I'm not at all certain why I am stirred by the image.  Normally I would find the shadow distracting and would think it spoils the picture... Not this time.
And a picture I got in Balboa Park several months ago has stuck in my mind.  Of course, we hear a lot about "virtual reality," and perhaps that's why this picture has lodged in my thinking for a long time.  I don't know any of the people in the picture.  There is mystery here, and I don't know why it exists here.
I won't try to explain it, and I probably won't spend any more time trying to figure out why I like these three images... but I do like them.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

If you don't live in Paradise Village, I can understand your reaction to yet another set of pictures of the Bird of Paradise... You are probably thinking, "Oh, here we go again... another bunch of Bird of Paradise pictures, but I never get tired of them.  I've never seen so many of this particular plant anywhere else, so now I am becoming a better viewer of them.  The first one here is a newly opened, fresh one.  The colors are brilliant, and the flower looks as if has always been and will always be perfect.  Of course, we all know that permanent perfection is not the way of the natural, living world.  Looking for and finding reason, perfection in each of the stages of living is worth the time.  This morning as I walked behind my friend's wheel chair, I had to look closely and deliberately to find beauty in his growing older and older.  He is experiencing Alzheimer's disease.  It is harder all the time now to find my friend in the fog of the advancing disease, but to see him respond to the sounds of children playing at recess in the schoolyard nearby, is wonderful.  His face lights up, and he remembers something that he cannot express when he hears the kids laughing and squealing.  He sometimes smiles beautifully and then he may slowly drop off to sleep and I always hope he is dreaming of the experience of being a beloved child in the family that loved him.  Today I was reminded of human beings moving through life as I saw Birds of Paradise doing the same thing.